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Charlotte Street News

Words & Photography Kirk Truman “…they need almost everything they can get their hands on from the print world. Magazines are their bibles…” I wasn’t a publisher when I first set foot in Charlotte Street News as a teenager, just an unpublished writer without a readership – a nobody, really. At that time, almost a decade ago, I didn’t know whether I wanted to start a magazine; but what I did know is that I was…
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Ricky Richards

 in People
Words Kirk Truman Portraits Oliver Mills “Its always been about questioning creativity, and unearthing its mystery. The true essence of how somebody got somewhere is what my show is all about…” I first met Ricky Richards earlier this year, during the summer. He’d taken the time to get in touch having read through our latest issues, with the intention of featuring me on his regular podcast. I agreed, and we met at Factory Studios on Fitzrovia’s Margaret…
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David Moore

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Words & Photography Etienne Gilfillan “…as a kid, I was stubborn. I liked mashed potatoes and omelettes with raspberry jam!” David Moore is a man unafraid of a floral pattern and a huge fan of the Human League – two facts I discovered almost simultaneously as he greeted me, decked out in a fedora and colourful shirt, at his Fitzrovia restaurant Pied à Terre. I found him thumbing through a selection of vinyl albums, one of…
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Citizens

Words & Photography Etienne Gilfillan Pampered pooches and exotic cats on leashes… Fitzrovia’s pets are seemingly no strangers to the area’s gentrification. These furry citizens have taken a liking to the high life, freeloading snacks from strangers and local businesses, and using local trees as their observation posts, always on the lookout for Fitzrovia’s pet paparazzi and the chance to become local celebrities! Frank, Foley Street Frank, a seven-month old Springerpoo, is  a doggy dynamo.According to…
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Monica Galetti

 in People
Words Laurence Glynne Photography Etienne Gilfillan “In the kitchen, she gender is irrelevant: once you slip into your chef’s jacket, everyone is equal It’s a bright, sunny day and I’m sitting in Monica Galetti’s innovative new restaurant, surrounded by contemporary Samoan artworks full of mesmerising patterns and gorgeous colours. A typically vivid and meticulously detailed tapestry tells the story of Monica’s own life, depicting her husband David and daughter Anais in a way that exudes warmth and…
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Centre Point

Words Kirk Truman Illustrations Ross Becker “…a celebration of everything that makes London a world-class city.” Here, in the few square miles which make up the West End, there is little that rises above 10 storeys. The Post Office Tower and Senate House are among the most familiar beacons in this part of London, though there is perhaps one architectural fixture that’s even more instantly recognisable. Sitting on the borders of Fitzrovia and Soho, Centre Point has…
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THRSXTY

Words Kirk Truman Photography Etienne Gilfillan “Every brand has a story to be told, and we love telling stories…” I’m sitting with Oli Wheeler on Little Portland Street. We’re talking about public relations, his agency THRSXTY, and his secret life as a drummer and self-confessed adrenaline junkie. There are almost too many PR agencies to count in this neighbourhood, but this street is especially populous, filled with some of London’s biggest names in communications. We’re discussing Oli’s…
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Fresh Lifestyle

Words  Kirk Truman Photography  Etienne Gilfillan “This really began to give us a flavour of something much bigger… we’d only really started to scratch the surface with what we could do.”   In a prime location at the corner of Cleveland Street and Mortimer Street sits One Fitzroy. It’s home to US manufacturer and marketer of prestige beauty products, Estée Lauder, and at ground level you’ll find one of their highly-regarded collaborators. Few salon partners have…
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Jon Van der Mije

 in People
Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “There’s always been an element of competition about food which I’ve enjoyed… it’s the challenge that I strive for.” We’re walking around the busy kitchen at Percy & Founders. It’s midweek, and the place is still buzzing even at the very end of the lunch hour. While chefs cook, chop and stir at every turn, at the reins is the newest addition to this central Fitzrovia restaurant, Head Chef Jon Van…
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Gary Kemp

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “There’s an artistic decadence about the area which still lingers – it’s the most artistically vibrant neighbourhood in London…” It’s just shy of 10am and we’re siting up on the first floor of the Rebecca Hossack Gallery on Conway Street: me, Gary Kemp and Piper, his friendly miniature labradoodle. Gary has been coming to the gallery, just round the corner from his home, for many years. On this particular grey Monday morning…
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Citizens

Words & Photography Etienne Gilfillan Pampered pooches and exotic cats on leashes… Fitzrovia’s pets are seemingly no strangers to the area’s gentrification. These furry citizens have taken a liking to the high life, freeloading snacks from strangers and local businesses, and using local trees as their observation posts, always on the lookout for Fitzrovia’s pet paparazzi and the chance to become local celebrities!
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Inci Ismail

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Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “We are very close to everything that leaves our kitchen, and the atmosphere that we create…” Walking down Newman Street one morning, I noticed the colourfully painted interiors and neon lights of a brand new restaurant. The playful interior, with brightly coloured skeletons and sword-wielding warriors adorning the walls, immediately drew me in. But sitting down to breakfast, I quickly realised that despite the eatery’s modern look, the lovingly prepared dishes…